Steen: Hugo gives us a delightful escape to a gorgeous Paris

For his first 3D film, 69-year-old director Martin Scorsese (who knew Martin was 69, his eyebrows look 84!) selected Hugo.


For his first 3D film, 69-year-old director Martin Scorsese (who knew Martin was 69, his eyebrows look 84!) Marty (his friends call him Marty) selected Hugo.

Written by Brian Selznick, the story is of a badly burned automaton which was discovered in a museum fire and, when repaired, spelled out its creator’s name.

As Selznick began his book, his own father died—a real example of art imitating life.

The film itself is a kids movie, no, an adult movie, no, a kids movie—frankly I can’t tell what age group this is aimed at.  However, I can’t help but be charmed by the story, the setting, the actors and the 3D experience.

Children are not going to understand much of the nuances of this movie, but then there were seven year olds at Twilight, so I may not actually know what the kids today can comprehend.

Asa Butterfield plays the 12-year-old Hugo Cabret who, through a series of tragic events, finds himself living in a Paris train station in the 1920s.

His clockmaker father, played by Jude Law dies early in the film in a museum fire, leaving the young Hugo an orphan.

It is at this juncture, he meets the bitter Papa Georges (Ben Kinsley) and ultimately changes the course of both their lives and the lives of many others.

One of the lives changed is the nasty Station Inspector, played remarkably by comedian Sasha Baron Cohen.

This was an enjoyable two hours which offered many best lines, including Isabella (Chloe Moretz) saying: “We could get into trouble.” Hugo: “That’s how you know it’s an adventure.”

This was well played by everyone in the cast.  They made it magical but believable at the same time and, sadly, at the end of two hours I had to give up my 3D glasses and go back to the world of reality thinking how lovely Paris looked in the snow and how delightful it was to have met a boy named Hugo Cabret who lived in a train station.

I give this one four reels.

Susan Steen is a local non-profit executive and a movie buff.